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Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club News Report Friday 5th March

Grand final day finally arrived for Memorial Division 1 Red team who were to compete against the team up Rocklands way, Balmoral. The previous contest between the two had seen Memorial Red win comfortably.

On arrival at Hamilton, conditions proved to be perfect for the game of bowls. And there the tale of fortune was compromised for Memorial.

It was a tough day on the green for all concerned. Both sides were intense in their integrity and commitment to taking out the Holy Grail. However as the day wore on, it became apparent that regardless of Red’s attempts Balmoral came up with something even better. They were a determined and focused team who well deserved the win on the day. Final scores were Memorial Red 39 to Balmoral 56.

The first end saw one to each Balmoral team, and at end 15 the scores were 14 to Balmoral and five to Memorial. At 30 it was still Balmoral in front 26 to 16.

On rink 1 Ken Evans and his team of Ken Woolley, Jim Scott and Shane Martin were in a head to head contest with the opposition continuing to make it difficult to gain the break. It wasn’t until after the break that Ken and the team’s experience put to pay the dogged efforts of Balmoral and gained a narrow winning margin of three. There were some amazing bowls put down by both teams on the rink. The final result on this rink was 16 to 13.

 On rink 2 John Wallis with Tom Englezos, Chris Fleming and Ian Grayson had a day where they were tested to the hilt. Despite the best of bowls put down, Balmoral always found something bigger and better and did so consistently. Final results on this rink were Wallis 7 to 23.

On rink 3 Des Pitts, Greg Hoggan, Chris Elford and Kim Overall were also in a very tight contest. They worked hard to hold their shots and did so gallantly. At times their efforts were compromised, an example a five shot hold, being taken out by Balmoral. At no stage did the rink succumb. Whatever was given was always met with tenacity. Until the last end it was still even, but once again Balmoral was never going to let that lye and to their credit they took a four shot gain on the last end. Final scores on this rink were Pitts 16 to 20.

 Congratulations to Balmoral on the win and commiserations to our team. As a spectator it was a great game of bowls to be viewing on all rinks.

Since the last newspaper report the Club has also held the Ladies Nominated Pairs. It was a great day with eight nominated teams. The day presented well for good bowling conditions. The winners on the day were Jude Fasoli and Bev Smith. Congratulations to the duo on their well deserved win. Meanwhile our runners up were Kathryn Beauglehole and Meredith Fredericks who put in as many wins but with less shots.

Up and Coming Events:

  • March 9th Monthly Invitation Fours
  • March 17th Formplex St. Patricks Day Triples Tournament – Lady Skip and only one Div 1 player
  • March 18th Ladies 21 Up. Names in by Tuesday 15th March
  • Men’s Triples Saturday 19th March & Sunday 20th March
  • Mixed Pairs Day 1 & Day 2 – March 26th & 27th
  • Portland RSL Memorial Open Classic Open 2 Bowls Triples April Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd
  • Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club Annual Easter Classic Pairs April Sat 16th & Sun 17th
  • Don’t forget that we have Coaching available 5:00-6:00 pm every Monday evening followed by Twilight Bowls.

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